Trapped on a thousand tons of steam-driven steel, Old Red and Big Red find themselves riding with a crafty gang of outlaws, a baggage car jam-packed with secrets, and a killer hidden among the colorful passengers. Filled with all the wit, flavor, humor, and suspense that made Holmes on the Range such a critical hit, On the Wrong Tack will have you rushing to the station!
©2007 Steve Hockensmith; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.
"Hilarious." (Publishers Weekly)
"As a lively Holmes takeoff, as an inventive melding of mystery and western genres, and as a new source of damn good reading, this series demands attention." (Booklist)
Baltimore book lover
This is my favorite in the series so far. Having all the suspects and witnesses stuck on a train makes things a bit more tense and dramatic. I agree with other reviewers that the language is a bit strong, which you'd expect from a couple of un-refined cow hands, and the narration is too exagerated, but the charactrers and setting are so much fun and the story is well told that I didn't mind. If you don't like curse words, though, keep looking. (The 'Her Royal Spyness' series by Reys Bowen is quite good with no bad words.)
First, I loved this book, but I LOVE this narrator! I am a railroad fan and any book involving trains, the old west, and is a mystery also is going to have my interest. And any book narrated by William Dufris - I buy! The guy has a great voice and it works absolutely perfect with Hockensmith's Holmes on the Range series. If you don't believe me, listen to a sample of the audio-book read by this guy and you'll see what I mean.
I enjoyed the characters, plot, twists and detials in the book, but found myself often distracted by the narration, which smacked of cartoonish qualities and undigestable speech for characters.
For example, Big Red is a large, strong man more than willing to mix it up with several bad guys at a time, yet his "voice" is squeaky, excited and over exaggerated. Its like a Clint Eastwood guy talking with an Urkel accent.
I like these books very much and would rate them 5 stars, but the liberal use of vulgar language is a real put off.
I know many will say that "that is the way people talk" and unfortunatly it's true. That dosen't make me like it.
These would be excellant family books, good plot twists, lots of humor and action. But because of the fowel mouthed characters, I wont let my family hear them. I had forgotten how bad they were when I bought this second one. Will not buy any more by this author
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